Friday, June 10, 2011

Learning the Secret: The Power of Positive thoughts

I am sure you have heard people say to "think positive", but do you? There is more to just thinking positive then what most people realise. The present moment is your moment of power, and your thoughts are the fuel getting you to where you want to go. It is essential that the fuel you give yourself is the absolute BEST quality! In other words, you must insure the thoughts you are thinking will be beneficial to your growth, nourishing and positive. Prepare to become the eternal optimist.

In order for you to attract what you desire into your life, you must first learn how to program and eventually master your subconscious mind. Your mind is always thinking, whether you are aware of it or not. 24 hours a day, your brain is thinking thoughts. Some thoughts you consciously control, others you don't. Pay attention to what you are thinking when you are not using controlled thought. What thoughts run through your mind when you are not really thinking? Catch yourself and take note. If you find you are thinking thoughts that have any of the "fear" emotions, stop yourself and redirect your thought immediately to one of a positive nature. Once you start doing this, you will start to influence your subconscious mind by the law of habit. You will begin to reprogram your mind to naturally reach for the better feeling thought, and that alone will start to change what you are receiving in life.

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” ~ Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta

These are the 7 major positive emotions that are the most powerful. Use your power to control your thought and guide yourself to feel the following emotions through that thought. Harness the power of your present moment by feeling these emotions as often as possible.

The emotion of DESIRE
The emotion of FAITH
The emotion of LOVE
The emotion of SEX
The emotion of ENTHUSIASM
The emotion of ROMANCE
The emotion of HOPE

Attempt to shelter yourself, almost going into your own world, totally ignoring and avoiding ANYTHING that is negative. Find the positive in everything. Choose to only think about good things, and look for anything to be grateful for.

There are also 7 major negative emotions that will cause your desires to move away, and create an experience you do not want. These emotions will stop you dead in your tracks, and paralyze you from moving forward until you change your thought and feeling. Strive to block or shift from these negative emotions as soon as you feel them come up. It does take practice, but you can do it. The emotions that are the most damaging to your success, and the ones to try and avoid are:

The emotion of FEAR
The emotion of JEALOUSY
The emotion of HATRED
The emotion of REVENGE
The emotion of GREED
The emotion of SUPERSTITION
The emotion of ANGER

Change your subconscious mind, and only feed it your exact desires, positive, nurturing thoughts, and look for the silver lining in every situation. Completely abandoned, totally ignore and try not to allow yourself to feel any of the negative emotions listed here. Feed your brain ONLY good things. You will reprogram your mind to one of success and happiness, and change your thought process forever. You will not only see the results of more positive experiences in your life, but you will feel the results. Stress will melt away, and you will be filled with happiness and joy. The mind and body thrives on positive thoughts, and changes you and your experience.

It is VERY IMPORTANT when you are learning to use these principles, to always remember, that you are still a STUDENT, we all are. Be gentle with yourself. Changing your thoughts to all nourishing and positive can be challenging, but you can do it, and it will get easier. Gain understanding of exactly how all the principles work. Research them. Learn how to apply this knowledge in your life. What you can do for certain right now, is start blocking all negative thought and emotion, and prepare your brain to receive all that you desire!

Learning the Secret: Building Trust in the Universe

In the universe, there is always enough. There is actually MORE than enough for all of us. Why is it that so many of us struggle each day to get where we want to go? The reason is because people do not trust the universe. We are trying to take the lead, when really, we should strive to be in harmony with the universe, and allow it to naturally pull us towards where we want to go. When we step out in full faith, trust, and allow ourselves to be led rather than trying to take the lead, we will find the results we are looking for.

A big part of building trust with the universe is to first trust ourselves. Be comfortable with who you are. Embrace who you are, and where you are. We may not like where we are at times, but if we do not develop a pure acceptance of where we are in the present moment, then that is exactly where we will stay. We need to be happy with where we are, and look forward to where we are going. We all have gifts inside us that will lead us to extreme levels of success. Find out what yours are. They are there, and there are ways to find out what they are. Look for them. You need to get a clear understanding of who you are, and what you are here to do. Once you know this, the universe will lead you there effortlessly.

“It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing, you bring everything to the realm of possibility.” ~ Albert Einstein ~

We do not need to know how we are going to get there. We just need to know where we are going. As humans, we naturally want to know the “why” of everything, or what the reason is. Think about this. Have you ever been to where you want to go? Chances are no. Since you have not been there, do you know how to get there? Chances are you don’t. The universe does. In fact, the universe knows how to get you where you want to go in the fastest way possible. A lot of times we resist as we do not see how the opportunity the presented to us will get us to where we want to be. We think we know a better way, but in all truth, our way is a long winding road, and most of us get lost along the way.

You can build your faith, and trust in the universe through practice and experience. If you are having a hard time really trusting, just start taking baby steps in faith. Remember, things don’t always go the way we think they should. If you trust that you will have what you need when you need it, it will be there. Some get confused between wants and needs, but I assure you, everything you need you already have. As you take your little steps in faith, and you receive, your next step may be a little bigger. Soon enough, you will be leaping out in faith, and you will receive your reward, your desire, and your wants.

This is a journey, a process, and we can only start where we are. You must build trust one small step at a time.

“Faith...When you come to the edge of all the light you have, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly. “ ~ Patrick Overton ~

A lot of the time people are missing out on big manifestations by getting caught up in the apparent “let down”. I find sometimes really great manifestations often show up in the form of a disappointment or let down. A path you didn’t really choose, or an option you would not consider. If you just go with the flow of things, and not allow yourself to get caught up in the fact that things didn’t go the way you wanted it to go, and be open to what is offered, move forward in joy, you will receive a big manifestation shortly after.

“...Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.” ~ Henry Ford ~ (1863-1947)

Sometimes things just don’t go our way. We have the choice of how to respond, and what thoughts we think surrounding the situation. I believe these are tests given to us, and if you stay focused, not allow yourself to get caught up in the apparent “stress” of a situation, and you pass that test.... instantly things manifest. Bigger doors open. Better opportunities come into our life.

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell

You must always be open to receive the bigger opportunity, the better door, even if it is disguised as misfortune. Being open means keeping your cool when things don’t go your way. Not allowing it to change your plans, your feelings, or where you are going. Keep your focus, and the next step on your path to your great success will come to fruition.

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi ~

Remember, the universe KNOWS MORE than you do about what the next step is that will take you to your goal. Trust and you will receive.

Be awake
Love yourself and be awake -today, tomorrow, always.
First establish yourself in the way, then teach others, and so defeat sorrow.
To straighten the crooked you must first do a harder thing - straighten yourself.
You are the only master. Who else?
Subdue yourself, and discover your master.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Learning the Secret: Time, Energy and Increasing Productivity

I have invested some time listening to Bill Barens Time Experts program. It has been FASCINATING to say the least, and it is packed with incredible insight and knowledge on how to create more time, increase your energy and productivity. The experts he speaks with are fabulous and full of great tips. My understanding is growing immensely. I am very grateful to have this knowledge in my possession!

I would like to share with you a few tips and insights I have found very valuable and important. Implementing these suggestions in your life will increase your productivity, and also the quality of the outcome of your task.

One of the most important things to remember is to become AWARE of the energy you carry at all times. In order to attract the thing you want into your life, you must maintain your best energy in all aspects of what you are doing. What does that look like? Well, the better question would be what does that feel like? When you are in your best energy, you are feeling good. Feelings like enthusiasm, joy, love, excitement are great positive energy feelings.

Secondly,you must become PRESENT in each moment of your lives. What does that mean? It means having clarity of focus on what you are doing. To not allow yourself to get distracted, not thinking about 5 other things, all the while doing something else. When you are trying to focus on too many things, you sell yourself short because you cannot give your best energy to anything when you have broken it up into smaller pieces on all the things you are focused on. Choose one thing, work on it for a set amount of time in full focus, and when you are done, or the time you have set aside for that task is done, wrap it up and move on.

Any time you spend on anything is irrelevant, unless you brought forth the proper energy. For example: You could spend 10 hours working on writing a book. However, if during that 10 hours you were feeling frustrated with writers block, or interrupted by people, phone calls, text, e-mails, just might as well have been doing something else. If however, you set aside say 1 hour to put FULL focus on your project/obligation/task, commit to shutting out all distraction, only focus on that one thing, coupled with bringing a great energy of joy and enthusiasm to that task........chances are, you will get MUCH more accomplished in that 1 hour then you would have in the entire 10 hours you spent multitasking.
This applies to all areas of your life. Start getting in the habit of asking yourself, am I wasting my time, investing my time or exchanging my time?

How do we decide what task to do first? There is always so much to do. Here is a great way to begin to get into the habit of planning your day for maximum performance. Before you go to bed at night, write down 3 things you want to get done the following day, that if those were the ONLY things you accomplished you would be completely happy. When you get up in the morning, set aside 30-60 minutes to yourself, EVEN if this means having to get up earlier. It WILL be well invested time, you will see results. When you get up, visit each task you wanted work on that particular day. Notice how you feel and what your energy does when you think of each task. Choose the task that you feel the best energy about. Decide how long you are going to spend on that task(even if its only 15 minutes) and DO IT. Feel grateful and proud when your invested time is done, revisit your tasks, and choose the next one that gives you the best energy. Please note, "tasks" does not just mean work. Some of my "tasks" are: housework, times with my kids/husband, time for my personal growth/meditation, banking, groceries, etc. Complete the 3 tasks you wrote down the previous night and feel wonderful. Now everything else you accomplish is just gravy. Check in with your energy, and choose the other things you are going to do that day accordingly. Remember to set a end time to the task before you begin, even just to check in with yourself and if you need to switch tasks, take a break, or choose to continue on.

Following this system really helps to keep you present in you life, and aware of your energy. This will increase your productivity as you will get done what CAN be done right now, in this moment. I think you will find yourself actually getting MORE done then you thought you would. Stress will decrease as you will no longer have "time" to worry about things that have yet to come. You will be focused, productive, and happy.

One final important point that will really help with procrastination. NEVER think about how long it is going to take to finish a project/task. Looking at the whole project can be overwhelming, and dig up all sorts of garbage that causes us to procrastinate. Instead, each day think of "Where can I start today" Decide where you are starting and do it. Everyday, we must "start" everything we do. Know matter where you are on a task, you still have to start somewhere everyday, and you can only start where you are. Soon you will see, that the finish line comes the last time you started that day.

Do you have a large task you want to tackle. Here is another great exercise to practice to achieve maximum results in minimal time.

How to Power Your Day with a Power Hour

· CHOOSE YOUR TOP PRIORITY: Select the project or activity that will have the greatest impact on your house/organization/work etc.

· ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS: Switch off your phone, close your email software, hide newspapers, etc. (The world will survive if you are unavailable for an hour!).

· SET A TIMER FOR 50 MINUTES: Put a timer on and set it for 50 minutes. For example, if it’s 10am, set an alarm for 10:50am. This step is key, so don’t skip it!

· WORK WITH FOCUS FOR 50 MINUTES: During that 50 minute period, work only on the high-priority project you’ve selected. Do not get distracted and start working on something else. If the top priority project will take several hours, then go ahead and finish off a 50-minute chunk. Soon that's all that will be left.

· DON’T DO ANYTHING ELSE: Don’t check email, don’t make phone calls, don’t get coffee, etc. Instead, get some serious work done.

When the timer goes off, take a 10 minute break, something that will refresh you. .

This is pretty simple, right? But after the Power Hour, you’ll have a major sense of accomplishment from getting a key project done (or a big piece of it done), rather than putting it off and having it hang over your head all day.

If you do a Power Hour every day, I think you’ll be amazed at what you can get done in a day and by the end of the week. When I first started doing this, I was blown away by how much more I could get done. Really getting organized and reaching your goals makes room for enjoying more time to do other things.